14th March 2006
Protests after school stops gays sharing rooms
12:00 AM — Staff and students at an American university are protesting a policy that stops unmarried couples staying together on school trips.The University of St. Thomas in Minnesota enforced the rule last year when a lesbian choir member wanted to bring her partner on a school trip to France, and later when a long term couple were asked to rent separate rooms on an excursion to Australia.
13th March 2006
Bulgaria choose gay transvestite for Eurovision 2006 2
12:00 AM — A gay transvestite is being tipped to represent Bulgaria at this years Eurovision song contest in Athens.The infamous artist, Azis, 28, will accompany Mariana Popova on stage to perform the Eastern European country's 2006 entry, Let Me Cry.
Acting agencies accused of ignoring gay roles
12:00 AM — New Zealand acting agencies are refusing to put forward their clients for gay roles, according to a Kiwi film maker.Director Andy Boreham, who is making a gay safe sex film for the New Zealand AIDs Foundation, told a gay publication that he has been stifled by agents who don't want to offer same sex "affectionate" parts to their actors.
New Zealand clinics legalise gay sperm donation
12:00 AM — A fertility clinic's U-Turn on a ban against gay men from donating sperm means it will start accepting donations by the end of the month, according to Reuters.The decision comes after a Wellington man was denied from making a donation after hearing about a national donor shortage and offering to help. Both he and his partner were told they could not donate sperm because they were gay.
Pro gay rights judge threatened with impeachment
12:00 AM — After years of promising to impeach any judge who attempted to overturn a Maryland state law banning same-sex marriage, Ann Arundel County delegate Don Dwyer attempted to do just that this week when Baltimore circuit court judge M. Brooke Murdock ruled in favour of same-sex marriage.But his fellow lawmakers didn't agree, voting 20-3 late Thursday to reject a proposal to impeach Ms Murdock.
Gay group slams Catholic charities decision to end adoption scheme
12:00 AM — Catholic Charities in Boston have announced that they will end their adoption programme in reaction to laws forcing them to allow gay people to adopt.The statement comes after months of infighting and was met with disapproval from gay-rights groups.
Immigrants tested with gay kiss 1
12:00 AM — Muslim groups are criticising the Netherlands over the use of films featuring two men kissing to test asylum seeker's liberal attitudes as a basis for entry into the country.Applicants' reactions will be tested to see if they can accept the language and culture of Holland.Leaders from the Muslim community in Holland say the film is offensive, "It really is a provocation aimed to limit immigration. It has nothing to do with the rights of homosexuals."
Libraries refused funding over gay books
12:00 AM — The Oklahoma House of Representatives, which last year legislated that gay themed books should be moved to adult sections of libraries, is threatening to deny funding to libraries thatdon't enforce the rule.Politicians in the House Appropriations and Budget Committee passed HB 2158 by a vote of 13-3, and it is headed to the full House.
Gay group banned from university
12:00 AM — The Rev. Jerry Falwell has once again become a thorn in the gay community's side by banning an activist group of gay rights advocates from appearing at his Conservative Christian Liberty University.According to Southern Voice, the Soulforce Equality Ride, a group of 35 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members, has launched a nationwide tour of Christian campuses to promote an end to the discrimination of our community.
Hillary Clinton still banking on gay support despite gay marriage row 5
12:00 AM — Ticket sales for a gay and lesbian fund-raising event for Hillary Clinton have remained high despite a high profile row concerning the New York senator's views on gay marriage.Mrs Clinton, the former first lady and wife of President Bill Clinton is widely believed to be considering standing to become the Democrat's nominee for the next Presidential election.Mrs Clinton supports civil unions, a similar system to the British civil partnership scheme, gay marriage in all but name. However, she continues to support the Defence of Marriage Act, enacted by her husband that maintains that marriages must be between partners of the opposite sex.
Israeli politician promises gay marriage rights
12:00 AM — In the run up to this month's elections in Israel, one politician has promised to push for the inclusion of gay people in a new law on civil marriage.Yossi Beilin, a member of left wing party, Meretz, announced the group's policy along with other politicians, at a bar popular with the gay community in Tel Aviv.
Professor angers gay groups over sperm warning
12:00 AM — A New Zealand university professor has angered gay groups by suggesting that recipients of sperm from gay donors should be warned that the "gay gene" may be inherited.His comments come after medics lifted the ban on gay sperm donors in reaction to protests from human rights groups.
11th March 2006
Keanu Reeves brushes off gay rumours 7
12:00 AM — The Hollywood star, Keanu Reeves, prefers to laugh off rumours questioning his sexuality rather than consult his expensive lawyer.He told the New York Post: "I try not to live my life by what other people say. People were gossiping about what the king and queen were doing way back when."It's just human nature. We like talking about other people."
10th March 2006
Officers pose as gay men to catch drug dealers
12:00 AM — Police in Singapore are going undercover as homosexuals in an attempt to catch drug traffickers.Two male officers posed as gay men looking for sex to gain access to a drug ring which supplied ecstasy pills exclusively to the gay community.Officers found six ecstasy pills in the raid and later found another 136 ecstasy pills and eight Erimin-5 tablets, a banned sedative.
Groups try to increase gay adoption support
12:00 AM — Legislation to allow gay foster parents to adopt children already in their care is reported to be losing ground.Social workers, child advocates, foster parents and clergy members are trying to gain support in Florida to modify the state's ban on gay adoption.Supporters say gay foster parents who have already shown they can look after children should be able to continue. Opponents believe the best environment for a child is in a mother-father house.
Friends claim Luther Vandross was gay 6
12:00 AM — A gay magazine has revealed that the artist, who died last summer, was secretly homosexual and was extremely careful not to let the public know.One friend, writer Bruce Vilanch, told the magazine that he was aware of the star's sexuality from the beginning of his career, he said: ""He was way 'in' (the closet). He said to me, 'No one knows I'm in the life.'"
Gay Olympics come to Copenhagen
12:00 AM — Denmark will host the 2009 OutGames as part of its bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics.The event will be hosted in the capital city of Copenhagen and is expected to attract over 15,000 competitors and 200,000 fans.It will be the first major sporting event in the lead up to the country's Olympic bid, Martin Geertsen, deputy mayor of cultural affairs said: "I feel an air of excitement all over. Therefore we will work to make sure that the OutGames become the biggest and best international sporting event for gays and lesbians."
Gay film festival tours Africa
12:00 AM — The organisers of South Africa's gay film festival are planning to take the cultural event to gay people and groups across the region.For 12 years, the South African "Out in Africa" film festival has been one of the biggest cultural events on the gay calendar, now the films will be taken to neighbouring African countries where homosexuality is not seen as positively.
Brad Pitt may have found gay role 1
12:00 AM — Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt is rumoured to have landed his dream gay love story.The actor is said to have been lined up for a part in The Front Runner, a film about a gay love affair between a male track coach and a team member, based on a novel by Patricia Nell Warren.
Gay groups say Easter discrimination is no yolk
12:00 AM — Gay groups are reacting to the increasing anti gay legislation in America by organising a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) family event outside the White House in Washington.While several US states are currently debating issues such as gay marriage and adoption, the Family Pride Coalition, which campaigns for gay family equality, encouraged hundreds of LGBT families to attend the annual Easter egg roll outside the government building last weekend.